Is Auburn in danger of losing the commitment of WR Jaquay Williams to UGA?

UGA has entered the sweepstakes and offered a late scholarship to the state's No. 1 WR prospect, Sandy Creek's Jaquay Williams. He committed to Auburn last summer (AJC)

UGA has entered the sweepstakes and offered a late scholarship to the state's No. 1 WR prospect, Sandy Creek's Jaquay Williams. He committed to Auburn last summer (AJC)

Is Auburn in danger of losing the commitment of WR Jaquay Williams to UGA?

UGA is making a late charge for Williams, and offered a football scholarship last week to the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Sandy Creek High School. Williams is considered the state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver.

Williams, who committed to Auburn over Ohio State last summer, told the AJC he will make an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday – his first trip to Athens in two years. Part of the reason will be to hear out the sincerity of UGA’s interest, and the other part will be to watch Auburn play in person.

“I’m going to go up there, look around and check things out,” Williams told the AJC on Thursday night. “But I’m really locked in on Auburn right now. Something crazy, and I mean real crazy, would have to happen to get me off the Auburn bandwagon.”

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Williams and his coach were caught by surprise when UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball finally called to offer a scholarship last week. UGA hopes to sign as many as three wide receivers this year and has only one commitment with M.L. King’s Blake Tibbs. Georgia Military junior college’s Lonnie Outlaw was previously committed to the Bulldogs but will not be attending UGA, his coach told ESPN’s DawgNation’s Kipp Adams on Thursday. UGA also apparently isn’t feeling as confident on some out-of-state targets.

“UGA called and said they did want to offer a scholarship,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said. “They knew they were behind with recruiting Jaquay but they had something free up so they wanted to offer.

“I think Jaquay was happy with the offer. Anytime you get an offer from a big-time program in your state it’s a positive. Now I don’t know what type of effect the offer will have on him. Like I told Georgia, they have a lot of catching up to do. Not that they can’t do it. I don’t know that. I don’t speak for Jaquay.”

UGA coach Mark Richt called last week about Williams, and UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner exchanged voice mails a couple of times with the Sandy Creek coach this week.

“I talked with Coach Ball, and he said right now if I come there I can make an instant impact on the Georgia offense,” Williams said. “He said they really need me because they are low on wide receivers.”

What did Williams think about the UGA offer? “I was a little excited about it but I wasn’t really pumped up about it. Now if they had offered me last year when other schools did, I would’ve really been really pumped up about it. I’ve just built up a great relationship with the Auburn coaches. It’s like family over there.”

WR Jaquay Williams (Photo by Allyson Merrill)

WR Jaquay Williams (Photo by Allyson Merrill)

UGA might be the most serious threat to sway Williams away from Auburn, but they are not the only threat. Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia and Pitt are some of the other colleges maintaining contact with Williams, who has not decided if he will take official visits to anywhere else than Auburn. “Right now, my main focus is helping my high school win another state championship,” Williams said. “After the season is over, I will sit down with my parents and we’ll talk about everything.”

This season, Williams has caught 30 passes for 767 yards and 7 touchdowns for Sandy Creek, along with returning both a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. Williams created high expectations for himself after winning MVP at wide receiver at every prospect camp he attended before his senior season.

“There’s no doubt that Jaquay has met all of our expectations and he’s exceeded them,” Walker said. “Anytime he gets the ball in his hands, he’s dangerous. Also, he has really developed into a good perimeter blocker, which has done nothing but help our running game. Jaquay is the complete football player at wide receiver.”

Sandy Creek is also the alma mater of NFL All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson. We had to ask: How do Johnson and Williams compare?

“Physically, I don’t think anybody will ever compare to Calvin Johnson when he was in high school,” Walker said. “He was taller, bigger and all of those things. However, as far as productivity, because we throw the ball more now than when we had Calvin, Jaquay has put up bigger numbers. But I don’t know if it’s fair to compare any wideout anywhere to Calvin Johnson because I don’t think there’s ever going to be another one of those.”

Williams may not compare to a once-in-a-lifetime player like Johnson but he’s — by far — the most dominating wide receiver prospect in Georgia this year with his rare combination of size, speed and power. Johnson was one of five Georgia players selected for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix on Jan. 3, along with Woodward Academy defensive tackle Jordan Watkins (committed to Stanford), Jenkins County defensive end James DeLoach (UGA), North Oconee offensive lineman Joseph Scelfo (undecided) and Buford cornerback Ryan Dillard (undecided).

AJC Super 11 DE Jordan Jenkins will make official visit to UGA this weekend (AJC)

AJC Super 11 DE Jordan Jenkins will make official visit to UGA this weekend (AJC)

  • UGA will have two prospects on campus for official visits this weekend — 5-star DE Jordan Jenkins of Harris County High School and QB/ATH Faton Bauta of West Palm Beach, Fla. Jenkins has Alabama as his leader, closely followed by Florida.
  • More news of out Georgia Military: Linebacker Shannon Brown has been dismissed from the team, according to multiple websites. He committed to Alabama out of Cook High School last year, but was considering both the Crimson Tide and UGA after enrolling at GMC.
  • Remember when Isaiah Crowell hoisted a puppy from under the table last year on signing day as he announced he was signing with UGA? Sitting next to Crowell that day was his Carver-Columbus teammate, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, who famously wore a “Nick Who?” baseball cap, referring to former Auburn All-American defensive tackle Nick Fairley. You know, the guy who got away with using Aaron Murray as his personal punching bag in last year’s Auburn-Georgia game. Back to Wright: He signed with Auburn but hasn’t made quite the impact he expected as a freshman. “I know there’s a lot of hype; I know I brought it on myself with the whole Nick Who? Situation,” Wright told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Wright made his first career start against Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago and finished with one assist and one quarterback hurry. This week, Wright and Crowell, have had fun by exchanging a little smack talk about playing against each other on Saturday. “I know he’s been talking or whatever, telling me he knows how to stop me,” Crowell said. “But we’ll just have to see.”
    OL Brandon Hill

    OL Brandon Hill

  • UGA was dealt a tough blow on Thursday when one of its top OL targets, Brandon Hill of Collierville, Tenn., committed to Alabama over UGA and Mississippi State, according to Rivals. The 6-7, 350-pounder was offered by UGA on the spot at last summer’s Dawg Night prospect camp.
  • Florida RB commit Mike Davis of Stephenson High School has been ruled out of Saturday’s playoff game against Lowndes with a leg injury, according to his coach. Davis is the leader rusher in Class AAAAA.
  • Putnam County tailback Marteze Waller has attracted the curiosity of college scouts after rushing for nearly 6,000 career yards. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder has a 2.6 GPA and has been clocked at 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has gotten feelers from Fresno State, UGA, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Georgia Southern, among others, according to his coach. Waller went on an official visit to Carson Newman last week.
  • Guess what Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had to say after 5-star prospect Robert Carter picked the Yellow Jackets over archrival UGA? Click here to see
  • Other basketball signees: Northview’s Kyle Meyer (Iowa), Columbia’s Jarmal Reid (Oregon State), North Springs and Hargrave Prep’s John Burke (Missouri-Kansas City), Columbia’s Chris Horton (Autin Peay), St. Pius’ Sydni Payne (Stetson) and Miller Grove’s Tabitha Fudge (High Point).

Future UGA basketball teammates Brandon Morris (No. 31) of Miller Grove and Charles Mann of Milton. Miller Grove won Thursday's "scrimmage" between the two teams, 75-72 (AJC)

Future UGA basketball teammates Brandon Morris (No. 31) of Miller Grove and Charles Mann of Milton. Miller Grove won Thursday's "scrimmage" between the two teams, 75-72 (AJC)

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UGADAWGS

November 11th, 2011
2:29 am

first. and Go Dawgs!!!

BIDDAWG

November 11th, 2011
3:40 am

Cant wait for 2013! Georgia will be top 5 in recruiting!

Indian Dawg

November 11th, 2011
3:55 am

To hell with Georgia Tech! How’s that Al Groh defense workin’ out for y’all?

StevoDeg

November 11th, 2011
5:33 am

Michael, what happened with Outlaw and his commitment i.e. why did he back out? He was simply getting his grades up right? I was looking forward to seeing him play…

Nub

November 11th, 2011
5:42 am

As I have said all along win the east and CMR is safe…. The recruits will come …. Lose the game at home favored by 13 and it’s over!!!!!!!

raymond

November 11th, 2011
6:21 am

How in the world is this kid the number 1 rated WR in the state and UGA is just now getting around to offering him?

dap01

November 11th, 2011
6:25 am

It’s because UGA does not oversign. Also, Auburn had that huge salary slot coming open with Cam leaving (I did not say graduating).

Achtung

November 11th, 2011
6:27 am

Auburn is #2 in rushing in the SEC and doesn’t have a top quarterback, they keep starting different guys. Georgia leads the conference in receiving touchdowns and has the SEC’s top rated quarterback the next 2 years. A receiver can go to Auburn and block or go to Georgia and score TD’s.

Lilburndawg

November 11th, 2011
6:32 am

Once again, another top recruit talking about how LATE UGA offers. This is like a broken record.

Brooksdawg

November 11th, 2011
6:35 am

Smooth with and with out the ball in his hands. Big target with elusive speed–We probably offered too late but ya never know. Sandy Creek has built a great program on the westside of Fayette County–even an outstanding middle school with talent. Lets double down Dawgs beat ‘em on the field tomorrow and for Williams. GATA

AU Fan

November 11th, 2011
6:40 am

Carvell,
Will you ever stop crying about Fairley getting after Murray last year?? You need to point the finger at Bobo and UGA’s Oline coach for not being able to come up with a plan that kept Fairley out of UGA’s backfield. He was back there so much I thought he was playing tailback for the Dawgs that night.

Achtung

November 11th, 2011
6:41 am

Come to Georgia and go to The NFL like Hines Ward and AJ Green. NOBODY has seen a great wide receiver in the pros from Auburn.

LagDawg

November 11th, 2011
7:05 am

It is becoming very obvious that UGA needs to hire some better recruiters for the basketball and the football programs. They can’t sign instate players or out of state players but I am more apt to say that the players don’t like the current OC since UGA cannot sign the elite offensive players. Bobo’s playcalling is the pits and he cannot recruit. Garner is a joke at as the RC and we continue to lose recruits at positions of need where players can come in and make an immediate impact for playing time, OL and DL. If CMR get a contract extension, he needs to take a closer look at the recruiting level and also at the poor way that they evaluate players and that also goes for coach Mark Fox. There is no way Fox should not be able to keep these talented players instate. UGA needs to become smarter on the recruiting trail and more aggressive.

JB

November 11th, 2011
7:17 am

I agree about our recruiting. This guy appears to be a top notch guy. My question really has to be how much input does Richt have on these guys. I know they as a staff decide say to sign 3 WR’s, but does Garner have that much say in who they go after? Seems like this guy would of had an offer back when.

Ap

November 11th, 2011
7:17 am

Saw this kid early in the year and he was dominating against a very good opponent. I hope he realizes how much we throw the ball around and wants to be a part of it, otherwise you better recruit some big corners to defend him the next four years while he is at Auburn. Go Dawgs!

Mitch Cumstein

November 11th, 2011
7:21 am

Pathetic that Georgia’s recruiters are a year late. This is a microcosm of the entire football program. Poor decisions and a day late and dollar short.

DP

November 11th, 2011
7:24 am

Every time Georgia comes in late on somebody we’re treated to one of these “Will Joe Blow flip to Georgia?” headlines. They’re just now offering him but telling him he can make an immediate impact. Tell them anything, is that the recruiting strategy?

Joey

November 11th, 2011
7:30 am

Richt should make Bobo recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach. Then go to the NFL for a OC.

Yeah, I just woke up . . .

Skydawg

November 11th, 2011
7:30 am

When he says “something crazy, real crazy would have to happen before getting off the Barn bandwagon” What he actually meant was, some team would have to offer me more money. Have fun at the Barn. We’ll kick your butts this weekend and will continue to beat them for the next few years. Oh, and Malzahn will be gone after this year. Have fun with that.

Joey

November 11th, 2011
7:31 am

Skydawg, like Cam told the MSU asistant, “the money was just too much.”

Destin Dawg

November 11th, 2011
7:34 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large University education.. plus big time sports ” in a great college town.. Athens, Ga… Go Dawgs !!! Beat Auburn !!

Old Dawg

November 11th, 2011
7:36 am

Kids that stay in State.. close to support groups… friends and family… do better in school and life after sports… Go Dawgs !!

Destin Dawg

November 11th, 2011
7:39 am

Joey .. great idea… Bo Bo recruiting coordinator… Chris Hatcher for O.C..

Destin Dawg

November 11th, 2011
7:40 am

you have to respect Richt for not over recruiting… his offer is solid !!

Paddy

November 11th, 2011
7:40 am

Outlaw was never going to be a Dawg. After 2 years at Ga. Military his grades may never had gotten to minimum standards.

B'dawg

November 11th, 2011
7:56 am

Lonnie wouldve been a beast. What is he 7′ tall or something? Fade routes all day! I hope we can steal that Williams kid from Auburn. When we beat Auburn at home he will change his mind.
GO DAWGS!

1eyedJack

November 11th, 2011
7:57 am

Don’t be a big dummy. Sign with Georgia. Awbun is a school you go to when you can’t get into Georgia.

bubba4dawgs

November 11th, 2011
7:57 am

Why do the recruiters keep coming up late getting top players? Rodney Gardner, what banana boat did you fall off of? Get on the stick!! The early bird gets the worm! It’s disgusting to see top players leave the state especially when we know what UGA can do for them. UGA develops QB’s and WR’s. It is the place for them. Just look at the corps they have now and we want to keep it going. Auburn is a screaming eagle who doesn’t know whether they are a bird or tiger. They are desperate and will even cheat to get a player. Hope UGA remembers Nick Fairly in the game Saturday who tried to personally wipe out Murray. GO DAWGS!!!!

slydog

November 11th, 2011
8:01 am

I understand why UGA is offering some of these in state kids late. They felt some out of state guys were a better fit for them and opted to wait on those players close to home. However, it behooves Garner to at least offer the scholarship and just recruit them softly instead of flat out ignoring them for 2 years and expecting to flip them within 3 months. That’s a risky strategy when dealing with young men who were told how much they were needed at other D1 schools early in the process. If the young man commits unexpectedly, then you can just those out of state resources to recruit another higher caliber player at another position. The reason I bring this up is the UGA “brand” has taken a hit recently. With so many “elite” prospects located in Georgia alone, signing 20 of 25 guys from in state may be more important. Case in point: Wouldn’t a full court press on a player like Kenyon Drake be more preferable than chasing Keith Marshall two states over? It makes more rational and logical sense, at least to me.

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gbal

November 11th, 2011
8:17 am

Gotta be something better to write about on the eave of UGA AU game doesent there????

Seems that every time a commit plans a trip to another school it warrents a piece like this….”Is such and such wavering or considering a change?” Who friggin knows… answer your question or write a meaningful story!

Can UGA winning out and beating Arky or LSU lure any bigtime recruits to stay home?

footballfan365

November 11th, 2011
8:20 am

@slydog no it doesnt make since to put the full court press on kenyan drake who may be the top back in georgia when you are in the drivers seat for a kid who grew up a georgia fan and is the #1 rb in AMERICA. And the staff has stated many times they dont throw offers out like candy when they offer the offer is solid I guess you would want the staff to offer a bunch of kids earlier get committments and if you go over the limit leave them hanging like spurrier did those kids this past year. If the kid really wants to be a dog then he will commit no matter when the offer comes example blake tibbs.

gbal

November 11th, 2011
8:23 am

Destin said…

you have to respect Richt for not over recruiting… his offer is solid !!

I totally agree that this is probably the right way to go about it, but the youg guys in HS dont seem to respect this strategy… I do have to question is this is the best strategy. RIGHT >>> Yes ….BEST >>> I dont think so.

Ogeechee Dawg

November 11th, 2011
8:31 am

If this kid is the best high school WR in the state of Georgia – is 6″3″ – 200lbs – and we need WR’s – why are we trying to pull kids from out of state that are higher risk of success to get to UGA?

I realize that UGA needs 3 WR’s in this year’s class – and 2 spots were accounted for – and now one fo the spots opened up. If this kid is as good as advertised – maybe our approach is to offer more scholarships – with the understanding that first come first serve.

From where this kid lives – Auburn is about the same distance – if not a little closer to his home – than UGA.

BlueMoon

November 11th, 2011
8:32 am

Some of you bemoaning the UGA recruiting effort should know that there was a very good reason UGA didn’t offer this kid right away and that was the fact that it appeared he wouldn’t even qualify out of high school. Williams admits this fact in another interview on another site. Outlaw was another grades issue. Now good for Williams he got his grades in order, and when he did, he got the offer. Lot of folks living in glass houses here…

Ogeechee Dawg

November 11th, 2011
8:36 am

slydog – good post.

I would put a 6 hour circle around Athens – and go after everything you could – which takes us into NC, SC, TN, AL, FL – and obviously GA.

Apparently – Keith Marshall is blazing fast – and is getting a lot of hype.

Going nationally is a good thing (think Stafford, Moreno) – but it is a double edge sword.

gbal

November 11th, 2011
8:36 am

“UGA also apparently isn’t feeling as confident on some out-of-state targets.”

So they made some of the “SOLID” commitment to others. Those OTHERS are not as committed to UGA as UGA is committed to THEM.

So now …..JW says…

“I was a little excited about it but I wasn’t really pumped up about it. Now if they had offered me last year when other schools did, I would’ve really been really pumped up about it. I’ve just built up a great relationship with the Auburn coaches. It’s like family over there.”

So we could miss out on both ends now??

Not being critical … I think CMR wants to do RIGHT. But does it give us the best chance to land a good…quality… 2-3 receivers?

I gotta think it may be best to offer the top 4-6 early… Tell them all that we have 4-6 on the board and think they all have the potential to be successfull at the next level… and recruit and love them all hard… But let ‘em know that the first three to commit are going to fill our slots.

I think the top 3-5 targets all most likely have the same chance for success at the next level unless one just has a super GPA that is far over and above all others.

Clam down, there is always a history with some decisions

November 11th, 2011
8:38 am

Lonnie Outlaw was a historical recruiting decision, linked to his COUSIN SIGNING with UGA, Nick Marshall, BOTH of Wilcox County. Problme then, like now as Lnonnie’s academic issues.

Outlaw was another skinny, Feed Gibson who failed in the NFL and was not even drafted by any team in the NFL and had to walk on and walk on and walk on, until the various nfl teams ran him off.

UGA WILL SIGN another kid like Mike Bennett or Chris Conley and we should be fine. Next year at TE, we will have Jay Rome ( current frosh being red shirted) and Arthur Lynch, plus,we will sign another one, likely.

Go Dogs

tide roll

November 11th, 2011
8:42 am

Thanks Richt. Thanks Bobo. And thanks, Will Friend. BRANDON HILL isn’t going to UGA for the same reason Avery Young isn’t .You fools are committed to the “Five Marshmellows”, led by Watts Dantzler, the Long boys, David Andrews and Zach Debell! Throw in a little Greg Pyke and John Theus and there simply isn’t room for a future NFLer like BRANDON HILL! This is why you guys will be adequate, but never compete for a national title. Is Richt awake? What does the guy do during the off season? And the thing is, these kids are going to the very teams you need to beat to compete for the Title. You basically gave us the two Georgia kids that made up the left side of our National Championship offensive line. CHANCE WARMACK from Atlanta WESTLAKE and NFL 1st round draft pick JAMES CARPENTER from MILLEDGEVILLE. Now we beat you for Brandon Hill and we’ve already received a commitment from Under Armour All-American, OT Brandon Greene from Atrlanta Cedar Grove! It’s unbelievable! Do you really want to do what it takes to win a National Title? After 31 years, even you Kool-Aiders have to begin to wonder.

gbal

November 11th, 2011
8:44 am

Blue Moon .. And that is a very good reason for one not to be in our top 4-6. If this is the case, I aggree, dont offer him but I gotta believe that there are 4-6 out there in the state or SE that have great potential at the next level and also have potential in the classroom (and have stayed out of trouble). Im saying offer all all of these and take the first 3 or whatever we need that commit. If JW was questionable as far as qualifying I wouldnt have him on my list then and likely not now.

Achtung

November 11th, 2011
8:47 am

Tide roll- Hill isn’t going to UGA because his grades are terrible, like Shannon Brown who signed with Bama, he wont Qualify. Bama taking a flyer on a non qualifier should send up a red flag that one of their commits is bailing on them, probably Greene to UGA would be my best guess.

Destin Dawg

November 11th, 2011
8:59 am

go to Alabama or Awlbarn if you get qualify for UGA… UGA wins out… and the recruits will sign… go Dawgs.. beat Awlbarn !!!

ole yeller

November 11th, 2011
9:00 am

UGA probably want get this “WR” out of sandy springs. The talent base now at UGA is very good. i’m not saying he not in that grouping. I’m saying does he want that kind of compition for playing time. He would be going up aganist Conley, Bennett, Mitchell who are all 1st year “WR”. They have already taken off the RED SHIRT this year by having playing time this season. I’m thinking where will playing time come from. I haven’t said anything about the upper classman “WR” they want some playing time also. I think UGA got really suprised with the “WR” playing now. I knowThey would like to have him but, can they get him under these conditions. HOPE SO.

Destin Dawg

November 11th, 2011
9:01 am

just wait Dawgs.. play Alabamer next year.. Richt is 2 for 3 against Saban !

gbal

November 11th, 2011
9:10 am

When you recruit more people than you need at a given position and even offer more at a given position than you intend to sign… I dont call this over recruiting.

When a team accepts more at a given position than they intend to carry on the team… I would call this over recruiting and and crossing the line.

This has been a tough position for CMR and his staff this year for recruiting. 1) the hot seat and 2) the two losses to start the season (seat even hotter). I think the best thing that could happen to help insure a top class and sway some of the non-commits or verbals back to UGA is 1) UGA announce NOW that CMR is staying and contract extended for 3 years…. and 2) Win out and make it to the SECC game… and the Cherry on top would be – Beat LSU or Arky in that SECC game in ATL.

I hope the team has their minds right this week and does their part.

McGarity/Adams?

ole yeller

November 11th, 2011
9:13 am

@ Destin Dawg
Sorry, UGA want play Bama in 2012. With the addition of Missouri, looks like they take Bama spot on the UGA 2012 schedule. THEY ( Bama & Uga) probably play 2013 schedule starting at Bama…

B'dawg

November 11th, 2011
9:16 am

Tide roll why dont you roll out with the tide. Always complaining about this or that. I guess when Saban and Smart bolt for greener pastures youll complain about that too. Get over yourself and accept the fact you lost to LSU, the best of the west. We are the beast from the east. Yes were not the best in the land and we know it. But you guys thought you were, and you got your buts handed to ya. So suck on that cigar and shut up!

chris

November 11th, 2011
9:18 am

I say Jacquay play earlier this year. This guy has potential to be the real deal. He is a playmaker, period!

coachx

November 11th, 2011
9:36 am

J. Williams,

There is just one basic question for you.

Do you really want to play in a run dominated offense for 4 years at Auburn ?
or
Do you want to play in pro-style passing offense that leads the SEC in passing TDs and is 2nd in the SEC in passing yards with a QB who still has 2 years of eligibility ?

If I were a HS WR the answer would be pretty obvious.

Achtung

November 11th, 2011
9:39 am

Destin Dawg- since Georgia will have to play Missouri every year, they’ll take Bama’s place next year until Georgia finshes home and home with Ole Miss and then pick up Bama.